Life Cycle Events

Baby Naming
Babies can be named and blessed from the bimah during Shabbat services. To arrange for a baby naming, please contact us by contacting the Temple Offfice at (301-942-2000) or

B’nai Mitzvah
Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are held regularly at Temple Emanuel. Students are required to attend our religious school for three years in order to schedule a ceremony. The Cantor, Rabbi and tutors help train the students. Our ceremonies include the entire family as well as representatives of interfaith families in an inspiring service, led by the Bar or Bat Mitzah.

New students are welcomed into the Temple Emanuel community and blessed at a wonderful family celebration called Consecration, which will take place at the Simchat Torah service in the sanctuary starting at 7:30 pm.

Confirmation takes place for 10th graders at the end of their Confirmation studies. In culminates in a creative service where all students have a chance to share their personal faith and convictions about many Jewish concerns.

Marriage/Wedding Blessings
Please contact the Temple Offfice at (301-942-2000) or to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule the use of the sanctuary, the social hall or HaMakom for your ceremony or reception, please contact the Temple Office. Our facilities are also available for rental for your simcha.

An Aufruf (traditional blessing of the couple on the Shabbat preceding the wedding) can be scheduled the week before the wedding service.

Rabbi Stone and Cantor Boxt want to call or, if possible, visit members who are ill or hospitalized. Please help them by notifying the Temple Offfice at (301-942-2000) of illnesses and hospitalizations.

To add someone’s name to our healing list, contact the Temple Offfice at (301-942-2000) or with the details.

Bereavement and Funerals
If there is a death in the family, please contact the Temple Offfice at (301-942-2000) or immediately. We will assist you in the many questions you may have.

Temple Emanuel also has a Guide to Bereavement which is available in the Temple office to answer many questions.

The Temple can help organize a meal of comfort and evening minyans through its lay leadership and bereavement committees.

The Temple office also will send reminders about upcoming Yarzeit dates to remember your loved ones at Shabbat services.